“I’ve been lucky to be in spring training with some talented teams. They all kind of remind me of each other in that expectations weren’t super high, but they had great seasons,” he said.
“For me, I’m excited for those guys. I’m more worried about myself — and I don’t think about what could’ve happened.”
Because his Baltimore deal placed him on the 40-man roster, Antonelli had to pass through waivers when the Orioles designated him for assignment in May. The Yankees picked him up and assigned him to their Triple-A team, a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team that didn’t have a home because they were renovating their stadium.
Living in a hotel the entire season and playing home games in Pawtucket and Buffalo wasn’t ideal, but Antonelli learned a lot in his months with the Yankees.
“They run things a little differently. There are a lot more rules and they’re more strict, but everyone bought into it,” said Antonelli. “I really enjoyed myself there. It’s a first class organization.”
Antonelli said the Yankees had one of the best Triple-A team’s he’d ever played on. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre went on to lose to Pawtucket in the International League playoffs.
Gearing up for 2013
For his part, Antonelli appeared in 15 games with the Yankees, hitting .197 with a homer and four RBI. In Norfolk, he hit .204 in 29 games with a homer and seven RBI. His on-base percentage in Norfolk was .357, showing patience and demonstrating that he likely would’ve found his swing given enough at-bats.
“I haven’t looked at the stats at all,” said Antonelli, who had interest from a few teams after being released with the Yankees. A late summer illness and changing plans around the league prevented that.